The New Honda Jazz – First Drive

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The Honda Jazz has always been Honda’s bread and butter seller. It’s easy to see why, with its practicality and space. The completely all-new 2015 model pushes those boundaries even further.

At the heart of the Jazz there are 2 engines; a 1.2l Ivtec producing 66kw and a 1.5l Ivtec rated at 88kw. We’ve already seen the 1.5 in the Mobilio and know it’s a lively engine for its size. It does its duty very well in the Jazz and offers a super economy of around 6l/100km. The Jazz is also now available in a CVT model and this lowers the fuel economy figures even more so.

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There is a seven model range comprising of the entry level, 1.2 Trend (Manual only), the 1.2 Comfort (also available with CVT) a 1.5 Elegance (Manual and CVT) and a 1.5 Dynamic (Manual and CVT).

The new Jazz also employs a longer chassis to create an even bigger boot and rear passenger space, and I can confirm that passengers who are over 1.9meters will still fit comfortably behind the driver seat, even with it fully extended to the rear.

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All models, except the Trend, comes standard with a 4 year / 60 000km service plan and services are rated at 15 000km.

 

Overall impressions are pretty good considering this Jazz is now built in India, but still feels completely Japanese.

Pricing
Jazz 1.2 Trend Manual                   R179 900

Jazz 1.2 Comfort Manual              R204 900

Jazz 1.2 Comfort CVT                      R221 900

Jazz 1.5 Elegance Manual             R234 900

Jazz 1.5 Elegance CVT                     R249 900

Jazz 1.5 Dynamic Manual              R249 900

Jazz 1.5 Dynamic CVT                     R264 900

The New Jazz will go on sale in February 2015 through Honda dealers nationwide.